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Let’s file this one under “Only in New York City” news.


Last week, as a homeless woman tried to sell 300 crickets and 300 worms on a NYC subway train, she suddenly threw the insects onto the passengers, causing pandemonium. Well now, the woman in question, who was never homeless, is actually an actress who said she was conducting a social experiment.

Yes, a social experiment.

In an exclusive interview, actress Zaida Pugh told CBS2, “I just wanted to do a video of what the homeless people go through and how we look at them.”

But no one was thinking about how they treat displaced folks: People were screaming and crying; the emergency brake got pulled down; and the passengers were stuck on the D train on the Manhattan Bridge for a half hour during rush hour. The New York Post noted that Pugh went as far to urinate on herself.

“I feel sorry with some things, like how it went,” Pugh said. “I didn’t want it to go so drastic. My biggest regret is the bugs — how far they went and how hard they were hit. And then there’s the emergency brake. That just made everyone panic even more. It wasn’t supposed to go that way. It was supposed to be a 1-2-3 thing.”

But then in a tone deaf statement, Pugh stresses that things could be worse.

“I think it would have been way worse if I’d have the roaches,” the 21-year-old woman said.

“People need to stop pointing fingers. I know there’s a lot of folks who are upset, but there’s meaning behind what I’m doing,” she explained. “I do care about people. If I didn’t, I would’ve been like, ‘I don’t give a damn, I’m not going to explain myself in no interview.’ I could just post my videos and let it go viral and not go on the news and stuff, but I don’t, because I want people to understand me and my message,” she told the NY Post.

Girl, bye.

While Pugh was taken to the hospital in handcuffs and released after the incident, police have issued an arrest warrant her. And sadly, she has no plans to stop pranking though.

“Maybe no more bugs. I don’t want to give too many details, because it’s going to be a surprise. Hopefully the next time they see something they’ll be shocked and amazed and will actually enjoy it,” Pugh said.

What a mess.


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